The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

GCSC Seminar: Terry Irwin “Designing for Systems-Level Change” | November 7, 2017 |

GCSC Seminar: Terry Irwin “Designing for Systems-Level Change” | November 7, 2017 |

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: University of Utah, ASB Room 210

In this lecture, Terry Irwin will discuss the role that design can play in addressing the complex problems confronting 21st century societies. She will introduce Transition Design, a new area of design focus aimed at catalyizing systems level change and making the tools and approaches used by designers available to transdisciplinary teams working on problems such as climate change, water shortages, poverty, crime and many more. To resolve these complex problems, entire societies will need to transition toward sustainable futures characterized by lifestyles that are place-based and local, yet cosmopolitan in their global awareness and exchange of knowledge and technology. In particular, Terry will discuss her recent work with the city of Ojai California using Transition Design to address the city’s extreme, drought-induced water shortage. She will also explain how Transition Design may offer an approach for resolving conflicts among the multiple diverse stakeholders found within a complex, Œwicked¹ problem such as water security.